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AP Top Science News At 1:06 p.m. EDT

More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle....

CDC's top modeler courts controversy with disease estimate
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention....

Dig returns to artifact-rich Colonial American site in NY
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) -- An archaeological project has returned to an artifact-rich state park in the southern Adirondacks on what was the focal point of the warring British and French empires more than 250 years ago....





Tracing back debris to find Flight 370 may prove impossible
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck?...

Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even falling....

With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor....

Regulators close case questioning California reactor repairs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant....

Highly active volcano erupts on Reunion amid media frenzy
PITON DE LA FOURNAISE, Reunion (AP) -- Journalists arriving this week to the Indian Ocean island Reunion to report about the discovery of a jet wing fragment were met with another spectacular sight: the eruption of one of the Earth's most active volcanoes....

Blue moon? Friday's celestial event comes with a catch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe....

Chimps denied legal personhood will be retired from research
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) -- Two chimpanzees that inspired an unsuccessful lawsuit to grant them personhood rights will be retired from research at a New York state university....